Ligue 2. Dumont, Le Mignan… FC Metz is still looking for its future coach

Ligue 2. Dumont, Le Mignan… FC Metz is still looking for its future coach
Ligue 2. Dumont, Le Mignan… FC Metz is still looking for its future coach

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Three weeks after the officialization of its relegation to Ligue 2, FC Metz is still looking for its future coach. Several names have already been put forward and the list of contenders continues to grow: the latest, the former coach of US Concarneau, Stéphane Le Mignan.

The Metz board wanted to quickly turn the page on this chaotic season, to say the least, and prepare without further delay for a new return to Ligue 2. If the sporting director’s file was carried out briskly with the arrival of Frédéric Arpinon to replace Pierre Dréossi, that of the coach seems to be fraught with pitfalls.

However, there is no shortage of names, like so many trial balloons launched into the sea! Habib Beye (who finally refused an offer, he who is aiming for Ligue 1), Zoumana Camara (which would have been failed according to information from Republican Lorraine), Régis Brouard, Eric Chelle or Stéphane Dumont. The latter, whose profile has been coming back with more or less insistence for a fortnight, would be the management’s priority according to the newspaper The Team. The former Guingamp coach is free to sign up at any time.

Stéphane Dumont. Photo : Dave Winter/FEP/Icon Sport.

Stéphane Le Mignan on the shelves of FC Metz

Announced by several media including Foot Marketanother Breton technician would therefore be on the shelves of FC Metz. Stéphane Le Mignan, coach of US Concarneau this season, would be of interest in Moselle. The native of Auray stood out when he won the National 1 championship with the Finistériens in 2023. In Ligue 2 the following season, a first in the history of the club, he was however unable to do better than a 19e place.

Stéphane Le Mignan. Photo : Dave Winter/FEP/Icon Sport.

If contacts were indeed able to be established with the Morbihannais, several elements seem to go in the opposite direction of a future collaboration. Particularly because his CV does not show sufficient experience of the professional levels, with a career mainly established in the third division. Which makes a good connoisseur of the trainer say that this track “does not seem plausible”. According to him, leading the squad of a club aspiring to play leading roles in this championship such as FC Metz would be too ambitious for the technician. But you never know, the club at the Croix de Lorraine is capable of anything, even the most surprising.

Another concern, and not the least: the fairly vertical management of Stéphane Le Mignan. “It’s a mini Régis Le Bris! » laughs the one who followed him for two seasons. Like the future ex-coach of FC Lorient, the relationship with his players can sometimes be disconcerting. Not a single detail to take into account, faced with a squad still bruised by the disastrous fate of this past season…

FC Metz is not yet in a hurry to find its new protégé, but the time for preparation is approaching and major maneuvers have begun in certain clubs to attract potential recruits. Be careful not to start the train too late…

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